Wednesday, November 13, 2013

WASHPO | Is Washington broken? Not for the city’s exploding startup scene.

Go HERE to read the full Washington Post article by Brian Fung.

"Henderson isn't the only innovator who's decided to strike out on his own. Christopher Dail is a project architect at the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda. But on the side, he runs a startup called SurveySnap, a mobile application for architectural surveys. During the recent government shutdown, Dail poured all of his efforts into the new business. 
"It's a blessing in disguise," he said at the time. 
Dail is a member of 1776, a startup incubator that launched this year in a 15,000-square-foot space in downtown Washington. The combination classroom and working space helps new companies get off the ground, offers workshops for entrepreneurs and features periodic "hack-a-thons." It got its start with a $200,000 grant from the city government, along with additional support from Microsoft, Comcast and Capital One, among others. By co-founder Evan Burfield's estimate, 1776 hosts roughly 170 businesses and has received applications from 500 more. The majority of its startups are Washington-based."

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